July is a month when two realities collide or overlap, in what is a case of one era moving aside to make way for the other, with the other beginning before the other ends. The two realities I'm talking about are on the romantic and relationship fronts, with July a month that will witness the end of one and the start of the other. In December 2013 Mars returned for what should have been a 6 week visit to your relationship sector, aimed at shaking things up and getting you involved in fighting for what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. Yet since then this has not only transformed into Mars' longest visit to your relationship sector in 32 years, it has become deeper and game changing, to a point where the last 7 months has probably seen your relationships or your relationship expectations forever changed. This epic and defining relationship overhaul will not so much end when Mars leaves on the 26th July, but ease back to a point where the love gods move into maintenance mode. Yet just 10 days before Mars is due to leave there is a dramatic turnaround on the romantic front, with lucky Jupiter returning for his first visit to your romantic sector in over a decade, on the 16th July. On the heels of what has been some challenging and game changing relationship months, this will kick off your luckiest year for love since Jupiter was last here, from August 2002 to August 2003. This is something the love gods will get in behind with full gusto.
While on face value things are going to look like every other month, with Saturn still in your relationship sector, still in retrograde motion and only the Moon's monthly visits to your romantic sector to keep the spirit of romance alive, it won't take long to realise that things are very different this month. Yes, Saturn is still in retrograde motion, but gone are the personal and/or relationship tensions of recent months, tensions that ended when Venus left your sign on the 24th June. In its place Saturn and therefore your relationships have the support of communication forces and with Saturn due to turn direct on the 21st July, his final weeks in retrograde motion are all about giving the past and unsaid words a voice. The support from communication forces is major, with lucky Jupiter in your communication sector until the 16th July, the Sun until the 23rd July Mercury, planet of communication returning on the 13th July and Venus, planet of love on the 19th July. It's the fact that you'll have Venus in your communication sector as Saturn turns direct that sets the scene for some special developments on the relationship front, but in the final days in retrograde motion and early days in direct motion, with communication key to making it count. It's next month that the spirit of romance and matters of the heart will get their turn, but there'll be clues to what lies ahead during the early and later days of the month.
The spirit of romance is very much alive as you move into the new month, with a new sense of urgency when it comes to matters of the heart in general, something that shouldn't be the case. Venus, planet of love was late to return to your sign this year and should have been long gone, but instead she's not only still here but having returned on the 24th July is still in her early days as you move into the new month. At the same time this is not a time of year when there should be planetary activity in your romantic sector, something that is more common in September and October. Mars, planet of passion returned to your romantic sector in December 2013 for what should have been a 6 week visit, but instead is still here, with his longest visit in 32 years finally coming to an end on the 26th July. Between them, because Venus is running late and because Mars' retrograde phase earlier in the year has kept him here, the spirit of romance is burning brightly at a time of year when that shouldn't be the case. With Venus in your sign you've not only got a clear sense of where your heart stands and of how to use the romantic passions Mars is evoking, the laws of attraction are also in effect, creating some of the most romantically charged weeks of the year. Yet with Venus leaving your sign on the 19th July and Mars leaving your romantic sector on the 26th July, this is something you can't take for granted or put off. From the get go make this a month for embracing your romantic passions and embracing the spirit of romance.
Despite the fact that you're not only at the start of a new solar year but of a new Jupiter cycle as well, which is all about the future and the journey ahead, on both the romantic and relationship fronts it's all about the past and a sense of nostalgia is almost overpowering. Not only will you move into July with Saturn in retrograde motion in your romantic sector and Pluto in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, which they have been for several months now, but with Venus, planet of love in a nostalgic part of your chart, something that only happened late last month. As Venus takes your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane you're able to get a better read on Saturn and Pluto's more serious focus on matters of the heart and your relationships, at a time when you're not out of the woods as far as personal and/or relationship tensions are concerned. As your own needs become more pressing this will put more pressure on your relationships, something that will happen at this time every year and with the doors open to the past for several more months, this is more about learning from the past and continuing to make balance a priority. It's on the romantic front that you're gearing up for a turnaround, beginning with Venus' return to your sign on the 19th July and concluding with Saturn's direct turn in your romantic sector on the 21st July. What will make this turnaround even more dramatic is Mars' return to your romantic sector on the 26th July, fuelling your romantic passions and a need to move on.
While this is a huge month for you personally, with Jupiter's return to your sign on the 16th July kicking off a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion, this is a low key month for both romantic and relationship matters and that's just the way you need it to be. This is a chance to focus more on empowering yourself and with Venus, planet of love running late this year and not returning to your sign until next month, you even have a chance to put off defining your romantic desires and expectations for the coming year. Apart from the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 9th July to the 11th July, coming full circle from last month's Full Moon and the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 13th July to the 15th July, there is not much focus on either this month. Both will come during Venus, planet of love's time in a social and serendipitous part of your chart, so with the laws of attraction and synchronicity in play at the time these will be important and serendipitous days on both fronts. It's on the 19th July that an important but relatively short nostalgic trip down love's memory lane begins, with Venus' return to a reflective part of your chart beginning the process of winding down an old Venus cycle and preparing to begin a new cycle, when she returns to your sign next month. While the love gods aren't overly visible this month, what they are contributing is positive.
Until Pluto leaves your romantic sector in 2024 and Neptune leaves your relationship sector in 2026 part of your annual pattern will be that July is a month of reflection, of looking back and where the past is more relevant than the future. For with Pluto spending from April to September of each year in retrograde motion in your romantic sector and Neptune and Chiron from June to November in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, July has become the first and one of only two months where all planets active on the romantic and relationship fronts are in retrograde motion. This is putting a lot of focus on the past, with Pluto working to bring back the spirit of romance in a rebellious way and Neptune and Chiron creating an opportunity for relationship healing, but also to tap back into past relationship dreams and aspirations. This is when the love gods call time out, asking that you take the time to look back through the rear view mirror. It's during this nostalgic influence that a Full Moon will fall in your romantic sector on the 12th July, bringing romantic sentiment and matters of the heart to a head and to a point where feelings are impossible to ignore. On both the romantic and relationship fronts there is a mix of support and pressure, enough to challenge your excuses, but also make this an important month for friendship and relationship building and matters of the heart, especially when it comes to making up for lost time.
Two events this month are set to not only give your relationships a major boost, but make some fairly challenging months make sense and become the blessing in disguise they were always destined to be. Uranus is the only planet in your relationship sector and here until 2019 his story is your story and the influences he's under and the influences your relationships are under and so far this year he's been dealt a bad hand. Under pressure from multiple forces over recent months, so too have your relationships, with personal and/or relationship tensions the norm. However, fortune smiles on Uranus this month and therefore on your relationships and the timing couldn't be better. Uranus has known all along how important those challenges are, for he's all about authenticity and you can't have real, honest and authentic relationships without dealing with issues, which is what recent months have been about. Uranus turns retrograde on the 22nd July, so this was always going to open the door to the past and second chances, but two events turn the conditions of the past around. The first event is Jupiter's return to your friendship sector on the 16th July, where for the next 12 months he'll give Uranus and your relationships unconditional support, kicking off a powerful year for friendship and relationship building. The second event takes place just 10 days later, when on the 26th July Mars leaves your sign and takes with him the fuel for the personal and/or relationship tensions of the last 8 months.
Venus' departure from your relationship sector on the 24th June brought all the planetary activity for the year to an end, but having ended just 7 days before you move into the month it's left you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. This allows you to draw a new line in the sand and with the love gods leaving your relationships in your hands, it's now about deciding what to do with that insight. Apart from during the Moon's monthly visit to your relationship sector, from the 19th July to the 22nd July, which will give you a chance to revisit the relationship intentions Venus left you with, the love gods are leaving your relationships in your hands. Instead the love gods are not only more focused on matters of the heart and the spirit of romance this month, but on the second chances and romantic nostalgia the doors of the past are now open to. It was last month that first Neptune and then Chiron turned retrograde in your romantic sector, with their first full month in retrograde motion all about making up for lost time and appreciating in hindsight what you might be missing out on. It's during the Moon's visit to your romantic sector, from the 15th July to the 17th July that you'll have a chance to fully immerse yourself in this romantic sentiment. This is something that Venus, planet of love is contributing to, working to fuel your romantic passions until the 19th July, when she'll switch focus to fuelling a desire for more romantic adventure.
Things are looking up on both the romantic and relationship fronts this month, for different reasons. While the Sun left your relationship sector last month, bringing your annual relationship review to an end, as is the case at this time every year, it's not uncommon to find either Venus or Mercury still here as you move into July, tying up loose ends and this year you have both. Venus only returned to your relationship sector on the 24th June so has only been here for a week as you move into a new month, but she is well on the way to helping you to determine what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. Mercury, planet of communication not only returned to your relationship sector in late May but left in July, with the fact that he's even here a result of a twist of fate. In retrograde motion and back for a double dip visit Mercury is holding the door open to second chances, especially when it comes to giving the past and unsaid words a voice, until turning direct on the 2nd July. With Mercury not leaving your relationship sector until the 13th July and Venus until the 19th July, the early weeks of the month will define your relationship expectations for the coming year. Meanwhile, the spirit of romance gets a massive boost this month, with support from lucky Jupiter's return to an adventurous part of your chart on the 16th July, just 6 days before Uranus' retrograde turn in your romantic sector on the 22nd July opens the door to the past and second chances.
With the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of July in your relationship sector the focus is always on your relationships at this time of year, but in a very different way to previous years. While the Sun will always return to your relationship sector each June, spending a month shining the solar spotlight on your relationships, he will leave and return a year later. However, from the Sun's departure last year to his return this year things never went off the boil, with Jupiter not only here but raising the bar and providing some real challenges. Jupiter has been acting as anything but the planet of luck and expansion, due mainly because of standoffs with other planets, namely Pluto in your sign. Yet unknowingly this has raised the barriers and the Sun has returned to find Jupiter in his final weeks, bringing your most important and defining relationship year in over a decade to an end on the 16th July. Of course that won't be the end of the story and with Mercury, planet of communication not returning until the 13th July and Venus, planet of love not returning until the 19th July, this is when the rebuilding will begin. Your relationships have been challenged and now you're set to find what this has cleared the way for, with the love gods putting all their resources into relationship rebuilding this month. There is the right mix of support and pressure to keep you on your toes and to keep the communication lines open. The only chance matters of the heart and the spirit of romance will have to get your attention will be during the Moon's visit to your romantic sector, from the 19th July to the 22nd July.
There is a coming together of two worlds or realities this month, with one very predictable chapter and another game changing new development kicking in. July will always be a crossover month for romantic and relationship forces, for while May and June are always the most active months for matters of the heart and July and August for relationship matters, it's not uncommon for one to still be unfolding before the other begins and that's what happens this month, except they are far from equal. You will move into the new month with Venus, planet of love and Mercury, planet of communication both still in your romantic sector and no planetary activity in your relationship sector, but you'll end the month with this the other way round. This makes it important to embrace the spirit of romance while you can, especially as this is simply an annual update. Mercury, in retrograde motion until the 2nd July and due to leave your romantic sector on the 13th July, is here to give your heart a voice, while until she leaves on the 19th July, Venus is here to fuel and define your romantic desires and expectations. Venus will still be here when things start to move on the relationship front, with a 3 day period where new relationship forces will overlap the final phase of a relationship update. Venus is the perfect planet to stand up for your romantic needs, for on the 16th July Jupiter's return to your relationship sector will change everything, kicking off your most important relationship year in over a decade. With the Sun returning to your relationship sector on the 23rd July and a New Moon on the 27th July, it's going to take some concentration and work from the get go to keep the spirit of romance alive.
This is the time of year when there is always a lot of focus on matters of the heart and all things romantic, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of July in your romantic sector. Yet by any measure this is anything but an annual update, for you'll not only move into July with the Sun in your romantic sector and lucky Jupiter as well, but for the last time until 2025. This is putting the solar spotlight on matters of the heart and brings you to a point where a fairly challenging but empowering year comes to an end, with the full benefits not likely to reveal themselves until after Jupiter leaves on the 16th July. Jupiter has spent the last year raising the bar and because of outside pressures the full benefits of that are likely to be shrouded or unclear. That will all change when Venus, planet of love returns to your romantic sector on the 19th July, just 3 days after Jupiter has left and with the Sun and Mercury, who return on the 13th July, keeping the romantic spirit alive. Venus knows exactly how to use all that you've been building towards, of the challenge you've faced and the experience gained and while she will normally trigger the most romantically charged weeks of the year, through the laws of attraction she'll trigger all the opportunities Jupiter has been building towards but didn't have a chance to deliver on. While the Sun will leave your romantic sector on the 23rd July Venus will stay on until mid August, with the romantic conditions only improving. Your relationships will get their turn next month, with this month all about the spirit of romance and matters of the heart.